evolution of the boys room

Two years ago when I was pregnant (with Tinker Bell), we knew the new baby would obviously need a place to sleep.  At the time, Tootsie Pop’s bedroom was in what would be a den or office, off of our living room.  It wasn’t ideal because her double doors opened up to our great room, but it was a place for her and it worked for the time.  She actually got used to the noise (to some extent).  The boys...

stairs

Stairs.  I fell in love with a beautiful winding staircase at a gift shop when I was just a kid.  It was so beautiful and grand and there just seemed something very magical about it.  It seemed like something out of a movie or a fairy tale.  It looked a bit like this. I grew up in a very cool, solar powered one story home.  My parents were very creative and were way “greener” than they realized.  My bedroom was...

the joy of the season

Today, we reach the pink candle in advent; joy. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, joy has three meanings.* 1 : the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires  or the expression or exhibition of such emotion : gaiety 2: a state of happiness or felicity : bliss 3: a source or cause of delight But as I think about joy, I’m not so sure the all so famous dictionary has it...

allow the miracle- flashback post 10.7.12

This morning, I got a text from my best friend, Kate.  She sent me a message showing a flashback from Facebook, “Thinking of sweet little Tough Guy today.  Sending positive thoughts his way!” I completely forgot that five years ago today, Tough Guy had the longest surgery of his little life.  He has had many procedures and several big surgeries, but this surgery was his longest surgery, at 12 hours long.  It was very complicated and he was only 15...

balance

We have now finished several weeks of school.  While I love my kids desperately and unconditionally, summertime can really be draining on parents and to be honest, as summer went on, I could see my children’s behavior deteriorate.  They were in need of getting back into a routine and having more direction in their day.  It’s not that I didn’t try or want to give them more opportunities for routine and enrichment, but let’s face it as parents, we have...

this is how we roll- flashback post 9.16.2012

 Even though I was a child development major, I sometimes forget that you can’t force a child into developing and doing things faster than they are ready.  I also forget that Tough Guy was born 5 1/2 weeks premature.  So really, when he turned 1, he was really only like that of a 10 1/2 month old. We got Tough Guy his first wheelchair when he was pretty little because we want him to have the opportunity to grow and...

new wheelchair part 2

After a couple weeks of pondering and researching, we placed our order for Tough Guy’s new wheelchair!  If you didn’t hear about the earlier part of the process you can read about it here: new wheelchair part 1   The therapist is writing up medical reasoning for each aspect of the chair and it will be shipped off to insurance for approval.  The faster insurance company approves it, the sooner Tough Guy will get his new wheels.  Most likely it will...

to the man that said God will heal my son

” You know, God will heal your son.” A few weeks ago we went to the pool.  It was a cooler day, but we had been visiting my parents for the weekend and we had gotten home and wanted to do something fun as a family.  We knew the pool wouldn’t be crowded, which it wasn’t.  It turned out to be a great night for a quick, hour of family swim time.  We got out of the pool and dried...

new wheelchair part 1

Tough Guy is due for a new wheelchair so I find myself swimming in questions and research about wheelchairs.  Tough Guy’s very first wheelchair was his tiny little green zip zac chair.  When Tough Guy was about 6 months old, we saw a little boy on you tube zipping around his house in this ingenious little wheelchair that allowed the boy to reach his toys- it made them accessible so he could easily play!  When Dan and I saw it,...

the opened door

I just got done watching a Super Soul Sunday video of Glennon Doyle Melton.  I’ve followed her blog, read one of her books and know her story.  She’s one of my favorite bloggers because she is so authentic.  She really is a truth teller.  But today, something resonated.  It’s as if her words were the key to a door in my house, that I needed unlocked.  If you haven’t seen Glennon’s video you can view it here.——->momastery.com/blog/2017/05/10/first-the-pain-then-the-rising Why do I...